1976 UEFA European Under-23 Championship

The 1976 UEFA European Under-23 Championship, which spanned two years (1974–76) had 23 entrants. Soviet Union U-23 won the competition.

The 23 national teams were divided into eight groups (seven groups of 3 + one group of 2). The group winners played off against each other on a two-legged home-and-away basis until the winner was decided. There was no finals tournament or 3rd-place playoff.

Qualifying StageEdit

DrawEdit

The allocation of teams into qualifying groups was based on that of UEFA Euro 1976 qualifying tournament with several changes, reflecting the absence of some nations:

Qualifying Group 1 P W D L F A Pts
1   England 4 3 1 0 9 4 7
2   Portugal 4 1 1 2 5 6 3
3   Czechoslovakia 4 0 2 2 3 7 2
  • England 3-1 Czechoslovakia
  • Portugal 2-3 England
  • Portugal 2-0 Czechoslovakia
  • Czechoslovakia 1-1 England
  • Czechoslovakia 1-1 Portugal
  • England 2-0 Portugal

  England qualify as group winners

Qualifying Group 2 P W D L F A Pts
1   Hungary 4 3 1 0 11 2 7
2   Austria 4 1 2 1 6 6 4
3   Luxembourg 4 0 1 3 2 11 1
  • Luxembourg 0-3 Hungary
  • Luxembourg 1-3 Austria
  • Austria 2-2 Hungary
  • Hungary 2-0 Austria
  • Austria 1-1 Luxembourg
  • Hungary 4-0 Luxembourg

  Hungary qualify as group winners

Qualifying Group 3 P W D L F A Pts
1   Yugoslavia 4 2 2 0 7 2 6
2   Sweden 4 2 1 1 6 6 5
3   Norway 4 0 1 3 1 6 1
  • Yugoslavia 2-0 Norway
  • Sweden 1-1 Yugoslavia
  • Norway 0-0 Yugoslavia
  • Norway 0-2 Sweden
  • Sweden 2-1 Norway
  • Yugoslavia 4-1 Sweden

  Yugoslavia qualify as group winners

Qualifying Group 4 P W D L F A Pts
1   Scotland 4 4 0 0 11 2 8
2   Romania 4 1 1 2 8 9 3
3   Denmark 4 0 1 3 4 12 1
  • Romania 6-2 Denmark
  • Denmark 1-1 Romania
  • Romania 1-2 Scotland
  • Denmark 0-1 Scotland
  • Scotland 4-1 Denmark
  • Scotland 4-0 Romania

  Scotland qualify as group winners

Qualifying Group 5 P W D L F A Pts
1   Netherlands 4 3 1 0 10 3 7
2   Italy 4 2 1 1 9 6 5
3   Finland 4 0 0 4 2 12 0
  • Netherlands 3-0 Finland
  • Netherlands 3-2 Italy
  • Italy 3-0 Finland
  • Finland 0-3 Netherlands
  • Finland 2-3 Italy
  • Italy 1-1 Netherlands

  Netherlands qualify as group winners

Qualifying Group 6 P W D L F A Pts
1   Soviet Union 2 1 0 1 4 2 2
2   Turkey 2 1 0 1 2 4 2
  • Turkey 2-1 Soviet Union
  • Soviet Union 3-0 Turkey

  Soviet Union qualify as group winners

Qualifying Group 7 P W D L F A Pts
1   France 4 2 1 1 6 5 5
2   East Germany 4 1 2 1 4 4 4
3   Belgium 4 1 1 2 4 5 3
  • France 1-0 Belgium
  • East Germany 1-1 France
  • Belgium 0-0 East Germany
  • East Germany 1-2 Belgium
  • France 1-2 East Germany
  • Belgium 2-3 France

  France qualify as group winners

Qualifying Group 8 P W D L F A Pts
1   Bulgaria 4 3 0 1 6 3 6
2   Poland 4 2 0 2 7 5 4
3   Greece 4 1 0 3 4 9 2
  • Greece 0-2 Bulgaria
  • Bulgaria 2-1 Greece
  • Poland 2-1 Bulgaria
  • Poland 4-1 Greece
  • Greece 2-1 Poland
  • Bulgaria 1-0 Poland

  Bulgaria qualify as group winners

Knockout StagesEdit

Quarter Finals

2-2:   Netherlands win 4-3 on penalties

  • Hungary 3-0 England
  • England 3-1 Hungary

  Hungary win 4-3 on aggregate

  • France 2-1 Soviet Union
  • Soviet Union 2-1 France

3-3:   Soviet Union win 4-2 on penalties

  • Bulgaria 2-3 Yugoslavia
  • Yugoslavia 2-1 Bulgaria

  Yugoslavia win 5-3 on aggregate

 

Semi Finals

  • Hungary 3-2 Yugoslavia
  • Yugoslavia 1-1 Hungary

  Hungary win 4-3 on aggregate

  • Soviet Union 3-0 Netherlands
  • Netherlands 1-0 Soviet Union

  Soviet Union win 3-1 on aggregate

 

Final

  • Hungary 1-1 Soviet Union
  • Soviet Union 2-1 Hungary

Soviet Union win 3-2 on aggregate

  Soviet Union finish as Champions

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